Clark Mountain Musings

Friday, December 16, 2005

How much water is 1.5 billion gallons?

We know that approximately 1.5 billion gallons of water spilled out of the Taum Sauk Upper Reservoir. Exactly how does that relate to us? 1.5 billion!

1) 1.5 billion US gallons = 200 520 834 cubic feet

2) The USGS measures streamflow at cubic feet/second.

3) USGS Gage at Cape Girardeau Missouri shows a rate of 84,100 cubic feet/second of water flowing in the Mississippi River by Cape at 1000 AM this morning.

4) At that rate 40 minutes of Mississippi River flow would cut down Profitt Mountain towards Johnson Shut-Ins State Park and the East Fork of the Black River. 40 minutes of Mississippi River flow all at once!

5) Or 1.5 billion gallons of water (at a rate of 8.33 pounds/gallon of water) would equal 12,495,000,000 pounds of water or 6,247,500 tons of water. Ouch! It is truly a miracle that the folks at Johnson Shut-Ins survived.


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